Library Hints:

Tips to assist Libraries with Disc Packaging Problems

Don’t Forget The Pockets!

Hint #5

From a young child, a vivid memory still lingers of my maternal grandmother – a stern, sometimes scary, but always loving woman – encouraging my teenage sisters to ‘Cover your legs dear’ as they sat on her couch in short skirts with crossed legs.

‘Aren’t you cold?’ she would say, amazed at the amount of flesh being revealed.

Then, my mother’s exasperated cry ‘Have you left your school jumper behind at school again?!’ impressed on me to never be the same with my children.

Yet sure enough, as time went by, and children and now grand-children have come and grown, the same sorts of comments exude from our mouths. ‘Don’t forget to take a jumper’; ‘Please, please, remember to tighten the top on your water bottle lid before you bring it home in your school bag!’ ‘Did you take your library book back to school?’

All exhortations made with the best of motives, but mostly a bit ‘naggy’ in the delivery.

So, at the risk of sounding like my grand mother and perhaps reminding you of a painful child memory, we say ‘Don’t Forget The Pockets’, which is Library Tip #5.

Multi-disc and talking book folder Models PHC-20, 1110, 1310, 1304, 1449, 1800, A5-R10 and A5-R20 all use double sided pockets to hold the discs. It surprises us how often orders are placed for these multi-disc presentation folders but the pockets (Model CD-010) are not included. Because the pockets come in packets of 100, it’s easy to reckon you’ll have enough on hand, but our experience prompts us to say –  ‘Don’t Forget the Pockets!’. At only $22.25 +GST for a packet of 100, the cost is minimal. 

March 10, 2013 in Disc Packaging Solutions

Options for Placing an Order

Library Hint #7

We love to chat with our customers on the phone, so always feel welcome to phone us on 08 9249 4111 or 1800 818 166 if you want advice or to place an order verbally

Or you can email us on [email protected] with your purchase details as an attachment or simply list product model numbers and quantities required in the body of an email. Don’t forget to quote your Purchase Order number if we need to show the number on the invoice  

Or, complete the Order Form at the back of the latest Catalogue Edition 16 and either a) scan and send as an email attachment to [email protected], or b) fax a copy to 08 92494944

Let us carry your load

If you want prices, again we love to chat and answer your questions with no obligation if you phone us. Check out ‘Price List for Libraries’ at

Or email us with model numbers or the product description  and your desired quantities and we’ll get back promptly

We don’t use a Cart Ordering facility on our website as many libraries need to send us an official Purchase Order document by fax or email attachment.

February 26, 2013 in Disc Packaging Solutions

Australian Libraries Like New PHC-20 Polypropylene Multi-disc Case

The Australian Summer is hot – particularly here in Perth where we have had a record-breaking and exhausting long hot spell of weather 


So using imagery that unnecessarily reminds people of the heat is probably not good customer interaction and marketing! We’d planned to use a headline like ‘Hot New Folder’ or ‘Australian Libraries Warm to New Case’ or ‘Sizzling Response to SoundPack Solutions New Polypropylene Disc Folder’  

Instead we went for the simple headline above.

Like our friends below, the PHC-20 is not the sleekest or most visually appealing we’ve produced. But it does its job brilliantly. It’s hardy in all conditions, particularly heat, is tough and durable, and can handle any situation! Storing from 6 to 20 discs in double sided pockets (Model CD-010, available in packs of 100 pockets per packet), the PHC-20 is fast becoming the ‘cool-cat’ of Talking Book & Audio Book storage and CD and DVD presentation and storage

Libraries in every Australian Capital city have received a sample, as have country libraries. Want more information or prices?


Simply email [email protected], or go to the ‘Contact Us’ page on this website, and fill in the Contact Email details. We’ll answer your query and send a Price List to you by return.

February 11, 2013 in Blog, Disc Packaging Solutions

How Many CDs Fit In An A4-CD Folder?

Library Hint #6

Storing A4 text or notes, or an A4 book with discs can be problematic. So how many CDs can be stored in an A4-CD folder?

The defining factor is the depth of the CD case that is stored in the LH side well of the folder. A standard 10.4 mm thickness of case fits well – as it is designed to do.

10.4 mm cases hold 1, 2, & 3 CDs, so you can easily store up to 3 CDs with A4 material in an A4-CD presentation folder.


But if your A4book or text is less than 15mm thick, you can also store 4 CDs in our 4-up CD case CD-005 (Fat). The 4-up CD case will protrude over the LH side well, but will be quite safe & secure if its not hard up against the book or notes in the RH side. 

Want some more input? Phone us on 1800 818 166 or email [email protected]

December 11, 2012 in Disc Packaging Solutions

A5-R10 and A5-R20 Almost Identical, But With a Difference

Hint #4

A5-R10 and A5-R20 multi disc folders both hold A5 text, A5 book or printed material and have the same outer dimensions.

So what’s the difference? A5-R10 has a smaller ring binder capable of holding 1 to 10 discs; A5-R20 has a larger ring binder capable of holding up to 20 discs.

  A5-R10 – holds an A5 book on inside LHS & up to 10 discs on double sided pockets (Model CD-010 – order separately) on its smaller ring binder. Note the smaller ring binder than on the A5-R20 photo below

 A5-R20 – also holds up to 20 discs on its larger ring binder. Again double sided pockets (Model CD-010 – order separately) give the flexibility to store the number of discs you want, and an A5 book fits snugly and securely on the inside LHS.

For the presentation of discs, many of our non-library clients use these multi-disc folders for a classy looking package to include varying numbers of discs with A5 training material. The advantage is that the same printed outer slick fits both A5-R10 and A5-R20. Numbers of discs may vary for each training set, but printing costs of training books/material and outer slicks are reduced.   

If you have never used these folders, why not consider them for awkward storage when an A5 book and multiple discs are needed.

For more detail, a sample or suggestions, contact [email protected] or phone 1800 818 155

November 4, 2012 in Disc Packaging Solutions

Thick or Thin; All Are Equal in A Librarian’s Sight

Hint #3

What’s the ideal thickness for a DVD case? Some cases, like our standard DVD case Model DVD-001, are 14mm in the spine; some are 7mm slim like our Model DVD-SLIM; some – holding larger quantities of discs – are 25mm deep, like DVD-008

Which size is best? The answer is that all have their place in a library – whichever suits your situation best will be the one you love for now!

DVD cases are like children! If you’re a parent, all your children are equally lovely and cherished. But at various times, you know one child needs more attention than the others. So it is with DVD cases. But they each have their place (whew – that’s waxing rather too lyrically for a simple DVD case – oh well – I trust you get the idea!?)

7mm Slim cases are perfect for libraries who want to save space. But 14mm standard DVD cases are better for libraries who want their cases to ‘stand on their own’. And then, if holding 6,7,8,9 or 10 DVDs is the major issue, a 25mm case will be what suits best.

Recently, a TAFE librarian in SA asked about the difference during a visit by SoundPack’s Jeff Baldock. ‘I want a DVD case that will not fall over when it stands on its edge. But what is the measurement I need?’

Well, 7mm Slim DVD cases are too narrow to stand up on edge. But they are extremely popular with Public Libraries, especially those who have lots of titles and for whom space is the major issue. 14mm Standard DVD cases (clear or black) are suited to the TAFE SA Acquisitions person who wanted a case that took a standard printed insert, while standing on edge in shelving and display.

Similarly, some of our DVD cases – like Model DVD-006SA and DVD-006B can hold 6 discs in a 14mm case, but these are not as hardy as Models DVD-006.

Here’s a list of spine sizes and some of our DVD cases

14mm; DVD-001, DVD-002, DVD-003, DVD-004 DVD-005SB, DVD-006SA, DVD-006SB

7mm; DVD-SLIM, DVD SLIM Double

25mm: DVD-005, DVD-006, DVD-007, DVD-008, DVD-009, DVD-010

See them all at

If you have questions about storage problems for discs (single, double, triple, quad, 5up, 6up DVD cases or audio book folders), please drop us an email [email protected] and we’ll answer your question personally, as well as probably blog our answer in case someone else is helped.

October 15, 2012 in Blog, Disc Packaging Solutions

How To Find A Price

Library Hint #2

Perhaps you’ve found a CD, DVD, Blu-ray or multi-disc case that will solve your disc or audio book packaging problem. Here are 3 ways you can find a price

1. If you’re a library, go to ‘Downloads/Price Lists for Libraries’ on this website to find a copy of our current Price List. Discounts are shown for larger purchases, but you can buy any quantity to suit your specific need

2. If you’re a CD/DVD duplicator, muso, home disc collector, a church, or perhaps a school – whatever the need for single, double, triple or quad Blu-ray, CD or DVD cases, or even storage for up to 26 discs – then contact us on 61 8 9249 4111 or email [email protected]. Generous Price discounts are available for quantity!

3. Need a quote to include freight? Each freight or postage price is dependent on size, weight and, of course, the destination. Simply email us the product and quantity you need and we can give you an accurate price for your whole order including freight. If your order is not too heavy or large, it may be more economical to send by post, using our special Australia Post rates. Or we’ll send anywhere in Australia by Road Express with Star Track, using their satellite Tracking System.

October 9, 2012 in Disc Packaging Solutions

Broken CD case outers are easily replaced

Library Hint #1

The old CD case, first designed by Philips many years ago, has proved a perennially difficult storage medium for libraries. The outer trays are brittle and not designed for hard wear & tear. A heavy book dropped in an After Hours Chute will be too much for the feeble CD case outer.

If you have CD cases with broken or shattered outer cases, why not try our Polypropylene Model CD-017? With its soft durable material (same as a DVD case) you can replace the outer casing only and clip the existing CD tray with its disc in the new outer housing – save some dollars & make your CD more durable

Or, if you prefer to buy the whole case, CD-016 (single CD case in clear polypropylene) or CD-019 (double CD case in clear PP) are readily available and are increasingly popular with libraries throughout Australia

October 3, 2012 in Blog, Disc Packaging Solutions